Thursday, April 20, 2017

2016 Income Proofreading and Writing From Home





Tuesday, April 11, 2017

250+ Parenting Magazines in One Book (Regional and National and Online)

I compiled an ebook in 2009 about how to get published in regional parenting magazines. I compiled dozens and dozens of magazines' information in one spot to help myself with the submissions process. I had moderate success and wanted to organize all the magazines because I was striving for being published in even more of them and making money at it as well. So to the basic writer's guidelines and contact info for the magazines I added practical information like how to submit to them and tips and tricks and it turned into a large ebook that has been compared to Writer's Market (only Writer's Market has a handful of parenting magazines and I have over 200).

I have updated this ebook every year and now I have over 150 publishing credits under my belt (list is here so you can check it out) and am still writing. It's a great business to be in because I can take a long break to do proofreading projects or write ebooks or work on my direct sales businesses and then always come back to it. Even without writing any new pieces for many months, my reprints keep selling. It's nice to get a check for $70 when you just got an unexpected $70 bill in the mail from someone else!

True story: One day a blogger content group showed up on my Facebook newsfeed and it was a writer offering all these parenting pieces for $15 to bloggers but only one person could have each piece. I immediately wrote her and asked if she knew that she could sell those same pieces for $35 and sell them over and over again? She was skeptical so I sent her the table version of my ebook. She was in love and bought the book. I contacted a photographer as well and the same thing happened.


So I figured what would it hurt to offer you the list for free? If you love it and want the full guidelines in the 256-page ebook plus all the insider info from someone who has been doing this for going on 10 years, you'll get the ebook, print it out and start submitting to magazines! If not, you still have the list and good luck to you! (here's the link to the ebook in case you want to do that thing Amazon lets you do and check out a sample of it first).

It's also in print now and I'm working on the 7th edition, to come out this summer, and there will be even more paid markets! Sign up for an email subscription to find out the moment it launches :-) and get a free sample of the book, including FIVE markets that pay $50 plus for reprints!



Tuesday, February 28, 2017

How to Make an Extra $2,000 Per Month From Home ... the Answer is Not Sexy


People ask me all the time how I bring in an average of $2,000 per month working from home while also homeschooling 5 kids and leading an active life (walking almost every day, taking the kids all sorts of cool places, going on dates with my husband, etc.). They don't think they could ever do it.

Honestly, the answer is not sexy or intriguing and I don't have any life hacks. Here is the "secret" ... It's waking up early and working when I don't want to work.

I WANT to laze around in bed every morning, sleeping as late as I can. Instead, I get up at 6:00 every morning so I have time to pray, make coffee, and then get to work ... while the kids are sleeping.

I WANT to binge-watch entire seasons of shows in a week while my kids sleep in during the morning time. Instead I watch one episode of a favorite show maybe once a week or as a reward to myself for finishing a big project.

I WANT to read books at night. Instead I am happy reading when I can sneak it in ... and listening to audiobooks while I walk (multitasking!). I'm a proofreader by trade, so I get plenty of reading time in.

I WANT to feel less rushed socially and be able to mingle and form relationships, but instead I really need to get home to turn in that article or that proofreading job or work on that book.

I only work an average of 2 hours per day (some days I work 4, morning and night, and some I work just a bit). Doesn't sound like much, does it? But that's 60 hours in a month I am not watching TV, reading, lazing around, napping, and generally hanging out. And that's just during the school year when my focus is on homeschooling.

I cook easy meals for my family, the kids help with chores, I do laundry in a simple fashion (I honestly don't separate types or colors and never have) and I cut corners other ways to make time for the important things I want to do other than working: spending time with my family and cultivating friendships. See my post on Time Management for Writers!

Yes, everyone needs down time. I grab mine in the form of what I mentioned above ... in little bits of reading, TV, podcasts and books and music while I walk, lunch dates with my husband, the zoo with my kids. I also recharge every week at Mass :-)

And yes, after a few months of this pace, I burn out a little bit and need a day to just do nothing ... put on a movie or two for the kids and just take a nap, turn off the phone, grab a book, and say no to everything and everyone for my own sanity. Update: my son had an outpatient surgery and wanted me to just hang with him watching The Walking Dead for a couple of days and you bet your butt I cleared my schedule to do that with him!

This might not work for you, and you might not be a writer-type like I am. You might need to make a lot more money (I am blessed to have a husband with a full-time job so making this much works for our family). You might only be able to carve out one hour a day. I'm telling you if you carve out 15 minutes a day to do something like write a book, you will have a finished product at some point. If you carve out ZERO, you will have ZERO.

All I know is the cubicle life was not for me for a variety of reasons and being with my kids and husband as much as possible was a goal of mine since birth! So I prayed and Googled and asked around and somehow made it happen. I believe you can also!

I'd love to hear from you in the Comments section ... do you work from home or want to? How do you do it or plan to? How much time can you realistically devote to it? How are you going to find business ... clients you love that you can work with long term?

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

UPDATES to 6th Edition of "Make Money to Write About Your Kids"

Please check back here regularly for updates to the 6th edition of Make Money to Write About Your Kids, as publications are always starting up and going out of business and making email changes!


That's what great about the print edition of the book:  you can just cross out the ones that are out of business and add in the new ones! Then make sure to adjust your email submission list accordingly! Here we go:

LAST UPDATED February 26, 2017

*Don't be alarmed if some are in bold ... this just means I am making progress on the 7th edition of the book and incorporating the changes :-)
  1. DELETE (nonpaying) Active Kids is now info@activefamilymag.com.
  2. Adelaide's Child is now editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au.
  3. Alamo Area Kids & Family ... do not submit. They are not a paying market and asked me to take them off my list for submissions entirely.
  4. American Baby is no more and has merged with Fit Pregnancy. See my post here.
  5. Appleseeds has merged with Ask.
  6. Augusta Family send to karin.calloway@augustafamily.com
  7. Baltimore's Child try joanne@baltimoreschild.com
  8. Bay State Parent "We don't accept unsolicited freelance. We assign to local freelancers."
  9. Bermuda Parent email change: info@knbmediagroup.com
  10. Central Penn Parent: editor@centralpennparent.com
  11. Coastal Family: editor at coastalfamily dot com
  12. Columbus Parent is now editor@columbusparent.com
  13. Connecticut Parent remove joel.macclaren@ctparent.com and send only to editorial@ctparent.com
  14. Faith and Family Magazine is no longer publishing so I'll be adding information for Catholic Digest instead
  15. Family and Parenting delete rensley@owatonna.com
  16. Family Fun is at queries.familyfun@meredith.com.
  17. Flagler Parent/Volusia Parent: I am hearing from other writers that they are finding their work in these magazines from recently to way back and were not contacted or paid. I had trouble getting paid in a timely manner. Submit at your own risk.
  18. Fort Worth Child alex@dfwchild.com and this would also be Dallas Child and North Texas Child
  19. Fredericksburg Parent email change to fredparenteditor@gmail.com
  20. Girls Life email change
  21. Good Life Family needs tween and teen articles but nothing about small kids, babies, toddlers, etc.
  22. Hello, Darling (MOPS) does NOT pay but they have a large following of 120K with 60K Facebook fans so consider giving them one freebie
  23. Homeschooling today is now ashley@homeschoolingtoday.com
  24. Hudson Valley Parent delete fhodges@excitingread.com
  25. Hybrid Mom is now something very strange and is gone so delete them from your copy
  26. IParent ... email darlene.bourgeois@me.com
  27. Jersey Shore Family is not accepting articles at this time ... updated February 2017
  28. Kid Stuff delete (was lj@uppervalleylife.com)
  29. Kids on the Coast Australia (Mother Goose Media) does not pay
  30. LA Parent email is no longer good and you now have to submit on the site and the guidelines are entirely different.
  31. Main Line Parent is now gwyneth@familyfocusmedia.com
  32. Maritime Family has still NOT relaunched. Their website says their "latest issue" was in 2013. Update: email bounceback. Delete from book.
  33. Melbourne's Child is now at editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au.
  34. Memphis Parent change email address to janes@memphisparent.com also  not working so I wrote them on Facebook with my reprint list and asked for appropriate email for sending submissions. No word.
  35. MetroParent Wisconsin. Email Amy Schwabe at aschwabe@gannett.com.
  36. Midwestern Family is now at  jenny.rudd5@gmail.com
  37. Neapolitan Family: as of August 15 the contacts are changing to Stacy Nicolau snicolau at neafamily dot com and Leigh Ann Newman lanewman at neafamily dot com.
  38. OC Family can be contacted with Inland Empire Family at iemail@iemag.bz instead of schurm@churmmedia.com
  39. Offspring Australia is nonpaying
  40. Ohio Family Magazine seems to not be publishing any longer
  41. Omaha Family: lauren at hathawaypublishing dot net
  42. Owatonna Family and Parenting delete
  43. Palmetto Parent (Upstate Parent) is now loric@palmettoparent.com
  44. Parents' Source is no longer publishing.
  45. Raising Arizona's Kids can now be reached here and they have an entirely different pay structure, which I'll have in the new edition of the book soon! editorial@RAKmagazine.com
  46. Red River Family: working on getting publisher at redriverfamily dot com or laura at redriverfamily dot com to go through and asking their best email for submissions
  47. Richmond Family Magazine only uses local writers
  48. Sacramento Parent: shelly at sacramentoparent dot com
  49. Santa Barbara Family Life production@sbfamilylife.com not working. Wrote editor to find out a new submission address.
  50. Savvy Kids Arkansas email bounceback
  51. Seattle's Child delete dzedonis@seattleschild.com and use only editor@seattleschild.com
  52. Solo Parent is not a paying market. If you would like to get some coverage and offer them a piece for free, go for it, but they do not pay. I apologize for adding them to the book without researching enough.
  53. South Florida Parenting email submissions to editor@sfparenting.com
  54. Space City Publishing (several magazines): kim at spacecitypublishing dot com
  55. Sydney's Child is now at editorial@copelandpublishing.com.au
  56. Tidewater Parent is no longer in print so please delete them from your list
  57. Treasure Coast Parenting: trying k.ferraro at tcparenting dot com ... I had two emails for her and believe that period makes a difference
  58. Upstate Parent is Palmetto Parent
  59. Utah Family: I hate to do this but I am taking them out of the book. I find my articles in their publication, notify them and then it takes them forever to pay. I recently contacted some other writer friends and they had the same experience. Once writer has been waiting two years for payment. This is not acceptable and it is also illegal.
  60. Valley Parent Georgia: jill@columbusandthevalley.com
  61. Valley Parent Oregon: Taking out of the book until I get paid :-)
  62. The Village Family Magazine is currently on hiatus and thus, will not be accepting reprint materials at this time
  63. Wilmington Parent came back (wilmingtonparent@ec.rr.com) and I use danielle.wilmingtonparent@gmail.com instead.







Monday, January 23, 2017

How Can I Find #Proofreading Jobs? Here are 9 Places to Get You Started!


I'm going to freak you out here.

If my kids were in school and I didn't care how my house looked or what anyone ate and if I never wrote books or parenting articles or blogged, I could easily make $5,000 per month just proofreading (don't forget to take taxes out of that at the end of the year and it's not as much as it seems like but still a lovely income from home).

I have had INSANE months where I was able to make close to $2,000 proofreading in a month but I wanted to die at the end, only because I have other things going on for income and managing everything gets difficult. I like to have other income streams because proofreading can be feast or famine, usually feast once you get going and get some good reviews and recs.

Here's what I have come up with so far so maybe you can do what I'm doing! The first two I am not familiar with because I just haven't had the time to dive into them. They are reputable sites that ask for a proofreading test or sample, but I hear competition can be fierce, and I'm not about underbidding my services!

1. Elance

2. Upwork (formerly Odesk)

3. Scripted is a great way to find proofreading work but you have to BE ON TOP OF YOUR GAME, as in full-on GRAMMAR NAZI MODE. I did some writing for them and also some proofreading. I was shocked at the great money I was making and had the down payment on my yacht (just kidding!) when they canned me. They seriously culled their proofing pool and I did not make the cut. I was entirely bummed. If you are a better proofer than I am, GO FOR IT!

4. Hunt down people when you see things written wrong! Is your doctor's website WHACK (not in a good way)??? Offer to proofread it for cheap. Did you get a piece of direct mail that had errors? Figure out who to contact and offer your services.

5. Tenrr is a place I gave a shot and got some work but it trickled in. I haven't promoted my proofing there or anything. Knockoff of Fiverr, which I talk about later.

6. Gigbucks is akin to Tenrr. I am only signed up at all of these places because I like putting my chocolate proofreading eggs in lots of different baskets.

7. PeoplePerHour is another place I signed up at for free but nothing came of it. Some of these sites are flooded so you just have to sign up all over the place and wait and promote your services.

8. Remote.com is a place I tried for a hot second but didn't have the patience to keep at it. (It used to be called Outsource.com so if you are looking for info on it, look for that name). I had to pay for credits so I could bid jobs. I did have plenty of credits in the end and the jobs to bid on were picking up, but the competition was fierce. I did get chosen for one job and it went well and I made back what I spent in credits. I was up for another job but they had a zillion and one requirements instead of just the simple proofing and editing I do and I can't focus on jumping through hoops. I like to fix documents and get out. I don't want to get wrangled into trying to write copy or critique what they've done because those things get touchy and subjective. You might have a better experience. I broke my own rule of paying to get jobs so I could basically get the experience to share here!

9. Fiverr is my go-to place since I signed up in April 2013 and the jobs started flooding in. You can hire me here and see how I set up my gig and all my rockin' reviews. I have a separate post for it because I have so much to say on the topic! I've done many different gigs on Fiverr besides proofreading so poke around to see what else you can offer. I put my delivery on at least 3 days so that keeps my orders low enough to manage. There is a main seller on Fiverr who does 24-hour delivery and he seems to basically work full-time all day long doing small jobs. The client is charged $5 and you receive $4. At first I thought that was robbery but now I realize THEY are finding the clients for me pretty much so I will happily take my $4 for proofreading 1,500 words.

If you want to see samples of my proofreading, I do proofread my own books here on Amazon.




*Originally posted 11/8/15

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Tips for Setting 2017 Realistic Writing Goals

What do you think about goals?

Check out the graphic below. This picture was taken of the wall in the kitchen where my "corner office" is located and was probably taken 2 years ago. I soon realized I could not diversify my life into SIX income areas like this. Two of them took up way too much time and saw little return (Younique and Jamberry direct sales), plus I felt like I was alienating friends and family. 



I stopped posting all the time about makeup and nail wraps and spent more time focusing on posting about my books and -- guess what? -- I sold more books. Plus that time I was spending on direct sales, something that I'm not even good at or that I love, took away from writing time ... blogging, magazine articles, books. I don't know about you, but my time is extremely limited. Seems like I sit down to write and someone needs me to come sit outside the bathroom with them so the monsters don't get them.

What's my point? I have a few.

GET REAL
If you're going to set goals, make them real. You won't ever hear me saying, "I'm going to write 10 books this year and homeschool my kids so they can all recite every piece of literature ever written by the end of this year plus weekly dates with my husband and soup kitchen volunteering every day. Oh, and I'm going to get 6-pack abs and lose 30 pounds." No, my goals are more like write an article a month at this point. Part of the reason for my limited time is that my family lately needs my proofreading income for anything fun or extra we might want to do, including any sports or Scouts or camps or movies.

PURGE
My other point is that you need to get rid of a bunch of mental stuff before you can set those goals. You have to take a hard look at your calendar. You have to sometimes ask for help in carpooling and playdates and sleepovers for kids. If you are beyond the little kid stage or don't have any, you have to block out Netflix, Facebook, friends thinking your writing time is not sacred, family members asking for favors constantly. I am telling you right now that it's okay to say NO. And get used to that pouty look on your teen's face when you say no, you are not driving him/her to yet another location this week and they can just hang out for ONE DAY! Boredom breeds creativity, kid.

*Check out my post on Time Management for Writers here
*And my post about putting your butt in your seat here

TRY A 100-DAY GOAL
A goal doesn't have to be set on January 1st or forget it. You can start on April 17th and set a 100-day goal to finish something. Or just set a goal that you are going to write 200 words every single day for 100 days then revisit. Check out my review post here of The Nifty 15, where the author talks about just sitting down for 15 minutes a day to work on your goal. You can set income goals (I'll make $1,000 this month), writing goals (I'll write 1 article per week), or time goals (I'll write for one hour a day). Slow progress is still progress.

TRY DICTATION
Also, use any tools you can find to help you out! For instance, in order to get in some FitBit steps while also grabbing a library book or returning a Redbox or paying my house payment or grabbing some milk, I take along my iPhone and I use the dictation feature in Notes. I dictate article ideas and book sections as I walk. I call it triple-tasking. If you don't have an iPhone, or even if you do, there are great free apps for dictation. I come home and upload my note to email, then copy it to a new document or to the book I'm working on currently.

Okay, so it's time for my goals. It's going to be an insane year once again as I check out my calendar, and also my husband might be gone for weeks at a time overseas for work, so that always throws a wrench into life and sends the pizza delivery person a callin'.

KERRIE'S 2017 WRITING GOALS

  1. Write and submit one original regional parenting article per month for a total of 12 for the year.
  2. Blog when an idea hits me that I think would benefit other writers (this blog) and other parents (The Kerrie Show) and homeschoolers (Homeschooling Mommybot).
  3. Publish 3 books this year on Kindle (ebook) and CreateSpace (print). This will include the 7th edition of Make Money to Write About Your Kids, as well as The Ultimate Busy Parents on the Go Cookbook, plus one other that I can decide later.

Please share your goals with me, big and small, in the comments section! Do you set income goals or writing goals or time goals? I'd love to see how we all do at the end of the year! And come and see us here, in the Regional Parenting Magazine Writers Facebook group. Please join and converse with us!
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